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Course Description

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Major global environmental issues examined include climate change, deforestation, desertification and global fisheries. This course is interdisciplinary, exploring the interactions of bio-physical processes with human socio-economic dynamics, including policy initiatives. Particular attention is given to global climate change, its causes, its nature and extent, its implications for ecosystems and societies, and its governance implications.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Articulate the general trends in global environmental changes, along with the mechanisms by which local processes influence global processes and vice versa;
  2. Identify the factors that influence the vulnerability of a community or a region to global environmental change;
  3. Build a mental map (cause-effect diagramming) to identify and communicate the complex relationships between social and biophysical systems that influence the vulnerability of a community or a region to global environmental change; and
  4. Contribute to strategic planning discussions and exercises about ways that a municipality / province / country might respond to global environmental change.

Course Topics

  • Overview and Impacts
  • Addressing Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Deforestation & Biodiversity
  • Desertification & Soils
  • Freshwater, Oceans and Marine Fisheries
  • Sustainable Development

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits (GEOG*2210 recommended)


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Evidence-Based Blog Posts (2 x 10%) 20% 1, 4
Responses to Blog Posts (2 x 5%) 10% 1, 4
Group Project: Strategic Planning for Global Environmental Change 35% 2, 3, 4
Online Final Exam 35% 1, 2, 3, 4
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Global Environmental Change
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) This course does not use a textbook.
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